Be Still
by Charles L Mashburn
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So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand. Isaiah 41:10

I know sometimes it is hard to get hold of the idea that God is with us. Sometimes when life seems so mundane or when things aren't going well, we tend to wonder, "Okay, God, where are you? Why am I feeling so down today? Why am I dismayed?" I wonder those things myself many times, but I have found that is when I need to just be still. And by being still, I don't mean I need to sit, lay or stand motionless, I mean I need to keep doing the best I can at life in general and know God is working out the details. One of the things that always disturbs me is when I have gone through a period of depression or aggravation, and at the end of it—the other side, I like to call it—I realize how much time, sometimes days, I have spent in an unhappy state of mind. I am dismayed! Dismayed at the moments, hours or days I cannot get back. We don't get a mulligan or do-over in life. When the time or day has passed, it is done. One of these days, I'm going to get to the point where, when every time something comes against me, I can forge onward, telling myself as I go, God is with me, and He will strengthen me and help me out. I'm not there yet, but I'm headed that way! Anybody want to come along?